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Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op 22
composer
Andante spianato: 1834; Grande Polonaise: 1830/5

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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949' (APR5624)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949
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'Chopin: The Great Polonaises' (CDH55382)
Chopin: The Great Polonaises
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Movement 1: Andante spianato
Track 8 on CDH55382 [4'38] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 10 on CDS44351/66 CD14 [4'38] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 1 on APR5624 [3'52] Download only
Movement 2: Grande Polonaise
Track 9 on CDH55382 [9'30] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 11 on CDS44351/66 CD14 [9'30] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 2 on APR5624 [8'49] Download only

Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op 22
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The Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major Op 22 exists in two versions, for solo piano (the version most frequently heard) and for piano and orchestra (the original version), the last work that Chopin wrote in this form. The polonaise section was composed in Vienna in 1830 shortly before his arrival in Paris. Perhaps tiring of the glittering stile brillante, Chopin set it aside until he had the inspired idea of prefacing it with a work of an altogether different character that he added in 1835. It is really a nocturne. Indeed it seems that Chopin may have conceived the Op 27 nocturnes as a triptych to include this work in G major. In the event he entitled it Andante spianato, ‘spianato’ meaning ‘smooth’ or ‘even’. It may be, in the words of one commentator, ‘a fairly arbitrary coupling’, but it is nevertheless wonderfully effective and the only one of Chopin’s works for piano and orchestra, other than the concertos, to have retained a regular place in the repertoire.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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Details for CDH55382 track 8
Andante spianato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-36410
Duration
4'38
Recording date
18 June 1997
Recording venue
National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Recording producer
Andrzej Sasin
Recording engineer
Andrzej Sasin & Andrzej Lupa
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Great Polonaises (CDH55382)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 14 Track 10
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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